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Question about realistic goals... and profile review

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Joined: 28 Dec 2012
Posts: 26
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Nonprofit
GMAT 1: 620 Q44 V31
GPA: 3.52
WE: Research (Venture Capital)
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Question about realistic goals... and profile review [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 17:08
Im 26yrs old,will be 28@M
Lebanese-Mexican (US Citizen)
WE:1.5 yr boutique Kuwaiti PEG(analyst "finance")-1 yr trading (NYC)(jr.)-1yr operations@fidelityNYC(middle office). Now doing 2 internships@ a boutique PEG, but,"Feeder into wharton", other one @ a boutique IBfirm, Associate level both.(together 40hrs/week)
-Working on deals, on the research side&presentation, and ramping up on valuation.
UG: regional unknown -finance major 3.1 overall GPA/3.6 Major ....Major uptrend in last yr of UG 2.7 to 3.1
MA in econ @ private midwestern college- known but not highy ranked 3.3GPA
Was a boyscout from 1999-2007
I have done ALOT of Community service in those years-"verifiable
I play intramural soccer
Served 1 yr as president of Arab-American SA @ school

I always worked during school
My Recs will be My direct current bosses: 2 Managing Principals and a VP- 1MIT MBA"he also taught a few yrs ago @stern as a visiting prof, 2 WhartonMBAs, and I can get academic ref's if needed

Now taking classes @NYU to boost low GPA and establish a prospective MPA admission profile- international affairs/public sector concentration classes
3.7-3.8GPA(3 classes)
A Valuation class @ stern (MBA level) A-
Have a research intensive trip with NYU to the UN - Geneva for this summer(3 weeks)

GMAT..Didn't take yet, scoring 690-710 in practice but aiming for a 720

I really want to get into a dual MBA/MPA program ..(NYUSTERN/WAGNER) (Dartmouth/kennedy) ..(Georgetownmba/mpa)..(JHU MBA/mpa)..(Wharton/kennedy)..(columbiaMBA/SIPA)

My Short term goal is to work in "Consulting" or a PE firm. " Im not picky as to which ones"
My long term goal is to establish a specialized political interest group that works mainly with the private sector

I am really lost to where I would be a better fit, although I really like my experience at NYU, and would like to attend Stern/Wagner for MBA/MPA
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Re: Question about realistic goals... and profile review [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 18:28
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Thanks for sharing your story. Your profile is interesting - strong finance experience, a lot of international roots/culture/exposure. I'd say your big disadvantages are a) lack of consistency in your career - (you've jumped around quite a bit, and it's quite unconventional to go from full time experience to internships) and b) your low undergrad scores (even with your alternative transcript - doesn't sound like you're really taking quantitative courses). Finally, while it's good that you play soccer, you don't have any very strong extracurricular or community leadership activities post college (or high school really). Stern might be tough to get into. The other programs may be possibilities - a lot may depend on your GMAT score - definitely try to reach that 720!

Now as far as your career story -- this needs to be tied together a bit more. The long term and short term goals do not build from one another. It should also be clear why you need your respective degrees to fulfill the long and short term goals. I would urge you to really think through how you want to tie the two fields together, and go backwards from there to determine what short term experience will help you get there.

Hope that helps,

Mili Mittal
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